I just got back from the interview and new device check-up with Acer.
As far as the new first generation devices (M900, F900, X960 and DX900) go, I’m underwhelmed.They are all pretty well specc’ed out, have nice design and tons of features. And Acer made its own interface for the for touch navigation.
But they all run on WM 6.1, and, contrary to other vendors launching new WM products, Acer does not have any plans to provide free WM6.5 upgrades to first gen handsets.
The touchscreen and UI responsiveness on four new handsets leaves a lot to be desired too, and is not much different from two year old, pre-touch craze WM devices, which is not what I expect from touchscreen phone these days.
Acer is working on the next generation of its touch interface for a number of new WM6.5 handsets (including 4 previewed at MWC). From hardware and design standpoint they look really cool. Let’s hope the software side will catch up soon.
I’ll post video and live pics of all new Acer devices soon, and there’ll also be an interview with Acer’s Senior Corporate VP Aymar de Lencquesaing on UV shortly.
But the news bit I wanted to report now is that Acer’s reps confirmed that they are working on an Android device to be launched in Q4, along with the introduction of other new WM 6.5 Acer handsets.
When I asked Mr. Lencquesaing about other OS’es in Acer’s devices, e.g. Symbian or Android, he confirmed that there will be a non WM Acer device this year, it’ll be based on one of the OS’s I mentioned, and it will not run on Symbian.
Acer rep in their product display area confirmed as much, saying that there will be Android based Acer device in Q4.
Stay tuned for live pics and videos of new Acer products.
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